Hey everyone! I'm Izzy, I'm a 20-year-old musician out of Indiana. I'm new to the forum!
I had a quick question.
I am a complete NOOB when it comes to IEM's. I've been doing a lot of research, but I feel like it isn't helping.
I am a solo musician. I write my own music and perform solo with an Ableton Live setup. I play soft-synths/backup tracks while singing into a mic, which then processes my vocals through Ableton (with compression, reverb, T-Pain when I do rap songs haha, the whole dealio). I use a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24, running through a Samson Headphone Amp. This allows me to create my own custom mix for my headphones, while the house hears something totally different (I love it! I can add more reverb to my voice, change the EQ to a custom setting for my headphones...it's great)
But I also sometimes play with worship bands and worship teams. I am starting college at Greenville College next year, where it is part of the ciriculum to actually START a band.
So, here's what I'm thinking (and I might be TOTALLY wrong, correct me if I am!)
I'm thinking I need some custom IEM's that have ambient tubes. I could have the IEM's sealed off when performing solo, but when I'm performing with a band, unseal them so I can hear the band, and hear the crowd as they sing along to worship music.
Does that make sense? I might be totally wrong there. How do you guys do it? Not every church/venue has Aviom systems (btw, I hate Avioms...they sound like dog crap).
And if I am correct in my logic, what are some good IEM's with tubes under $400? Keep in mind, i'm about to be a college student, and funds are VERY TIGHT right now ;)
Here are some of the ones I've been looking at (with my own pros and cons)
Fidelity Triples: They seem to be the best bang-for-your-buck. Good sound quality from what I've read, but they don't have ambient tubes (bummer...)
Alien 2's: Sound quality isn't up to part with Fidelity or UE's, but they do have ambient tubes, a FREE impression kit, and it all costs only $335.
UE 4 Pro: Sound great, but too expensive with the ambient tubes ($450 only for dual drivers, and it doesn't come with an impression kit)
What do you guys think?
Also, how much is a typical impression kit?
Thanks so much! :) :) :)
btw, if you'd like to hear some clips of music I've written/recorded, go to www.myspace.com/israelwignall
Edited by BigIzzy - 7/24/10 at 5:50am